- Associate, Education and Community Care

Samantha Hale | Associate Solicitor | Education and Community Care | Simpson Millar LLP
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Based in: London

Expertise:

Education Law and Community care

Career:

Samantha Hale is an Associate Solicitor specialising in Education Law, and also has experience in Community Care and Public Law.

She has experience in all areas of education law, some of which include:

Samantha has a particular interest in helping secure the right educational placements and provision for children and young people with special educational needs, including appeals in the First-tier and Upper Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability).

Her experience within the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal includes discrimination claims. Samantha also assists parents prior to obtaining a right of appeal, for example by attending Annual Reviews and reviewing draft Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), providing comments on these on the behalf of parents.

Samantha has a particular interest in dealing with disputes regarding home to school transport through Local Authority appeal processes and Judicial Review. She has also successfully challenged the First-tier Tribunal's (Special Educational Needs and Disability) refusal to consider transport as a special educational need/provision in the Upper Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) in the case of AA v LBH [2017] UKUT 0241 (AAC).

Samantha regularly undertakes advocacy in the First-tier Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal. In August 2017, Samantha gained her Higher Rights of Audience, which means she is also able to carry out her own advocacy in the High Court.

Samantha first began working for Simpson Millar (previously Maxwell Gillott) in August 2007, completing her training contract with the firm and qualifying as a Solicitor in December 2009. Following qualification, she continued working within the field of education, community care and public law for another firm and a charity. She then took up employment as an Education Solicitor at Hertfordshire County Council, where she gained valuable experience on the internal workings of local authorities, before returning to Simpson Millar at our London office in April 2015.

She has a degree in Law and Criminology from Lancaster University and has completed an introductory course in British Sign Language.

Interests

Outside of work Samantha enjoys learning to ice skate and walks with her dog.

Reviews:

Samantha Hale is the only person who is supporting us and without this help my son would be out of school and I would have had a nervous breakdown. We have tried to get support from every single direction from the Local Authority, the NHS, and through multiple local and national charities. It is only through Simpson Millar, and in particular Samantha, that I have found someone who follows through and advocates for us in a way that has made a positive difference.


The tribunal's decision could not have been reached without your help, expertise and attention to detail. It was clear you have taken a special and, we suspect, a personal interest in our son's case, which has been extremely comforting to us along the tough journey to this point. I would wholeheartedly encourage all parents with a similar disabled child, whose needs cannot be met by their local authority, to engage you to help them to obtain a suitable school that can. THANK YOU!


The specialist, residential placement achieved through the Tribunal process with the help of Samantha Hale has been a life-changer for our family. Our son has made remarkable progress since he commenced. He is so much happier, calmer, less anxious and settled, so much so that his medication has been gradually withdrawn. The school is doing everything we hoped for him – treating him with kindness, keeping him safe and helping to fulfil his potential. Just prior to the Tribunal we were close to tipping point, not knowing how we would cope if the decision went against us. Winning the placement and seeing the tremendous progress our son has made and anticipating his future progress in the coming years justifies all our efforts. We have no regrets about our decision and are happy that it effectively kept our family together.


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